David Tennant to play Macbeth to mark Donmar's 30th birthday

David Tennant will play Macbeth as part of the 30th birthday celebrations of London theatre the Donmar Warehouse.

The new production of Macbeth will be directed by Max Webster and run for 10 weeks from 8 December.

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David told BBC News the prospect of playing Macbeth was "daunting and humbling, but most of all, thrilling".

He is no stranger to Shakespeare, having previously appeared in productions of Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard II and Romeo and Juliet.

The Donmar's artistic director Michael Longhurst said he was "so excited to witness David Tennant's portrayal" of Macbeth.

David  said: "The first Shakespeare I ever read was Macbeth. It's a play that has haunted me for as long as I can remember. 

"To be playing this part, in the unique and intimate Donmar Warehouse, directed by the brilliant Max Webster is daunting and humbling, but most of all... thrilling."

He has previously played the role in an audio adaptation of the play, which aired on BBC Radio 4 last year.

Macbeth will mark the conclusion of the 30th birthday season of the Donmar, a prestigious theatre in London's Covent Garden, which is is currently staging Noël Coward's Private Lives.